Two Chinese ships entered the territorial waters of Japan near the Senkaku Islands, the Kyodo news agency reported.

Four patrol ships of the People’s Republic of China entered the territorial waters of Japan in the area of the Senkaku Islands (Chinese name Diaoyu), which are claimed by China. This year, Chinese ships enter the territorial waters of Japan in this area for the thirtieth time. An automatic cannon was spotted on one of the ships.

The Senkaku Islands (Chinese for Diaoyu) are the subject of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. Japan claims that it has occupied them since 1895, and Beijing recalls that on the Japanese maps of 1783 and 1785, the Diaoyu (Senkaku) are designated as Chinese territory. After the Second World War, the islands were under the control of the United States and were transferred to Japan in 1972. In Taiwan and mainland China, they believe that Japan is holding them illegally. Tokyo believes that mainland China and Taiwan have been claiming the islands since the 1970s, when it turned out that their water area is rich in minerals. The territorial dispute became even more acute after the Japanese government bought three of the five islands of the Senkaku Archipelago (Chinese name Diaoyu) from a private Japanese owner in 2012, thus emphasizing their state status.